The State University of New York at Geneseo will hold a Conversation in the Discipline titled “Local Studies, a National Movement: Toward a Historiography of the Black Freedom Movement” March 24-26. The three-day conference will include keynote address by John Dittmer, Charles Payne, and Judy Richardson and panel on: “Local Studies: What Do They Tell Us? Why Do They Matter?” to “Women, Gender, and Leadership” to “Moving Beyond Dichotomies: Reframing Nonviolence vs. Violence, Integration vs. Nationalism, and Civil Rights vs. Black Power.” There will also be a Sunday workshop for educators aimed at providing teachers with strategies to teach about movement themes, including the organizing tradition and self-defense.
“Local Studies, a National Movement: Toward a Historiography of the Black Freedom Movement”
Conversation in the Discipline
Geneseo College, State University of New York
Holcomb Building, March 24-26, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2005
2:00pm: Opening Reception
2:45: Opening Comments
3:00-5:00: "Local Studies: What Do They Tell Us? Why Do They Matter?"
Panelists: Todd Moye, Jeanne Theoharis, Hasan Jeffries, and Robyn Spencer
5:30: Keynote address: John Dittmer, “Southern Community Studies and Their Critics."
Saturday, March 25, 2005
8:30am: Continental Breakfast
9:00: Welcome by Kate Conway-Turner, Provost, Geneseo
9:15-11:15: "Women, Gender, and Leadership”
Panelists: Charles Payne, Jeanne Theoharis, and Robyn Spencer
11:30: Buffet Lunch, provided by Geneseo
12:30-2:00: Keynote address: Judy Richardson, “Hands on the Freedom
Plow: Personal Stories and Reflections from Women and SNCC.”
2:30-4:30pm: "Moving Beyond Dichotomies: Reframing Nonviolence vs. Violence, Integration vs. Nationalism, and Civil Rights vs. Black Power"
Panelists: Wesley Hogan, Emilye Crosby, Hasan Jeffries, Komozi Woodard
5:00: Keynote address: Charles Payne, “Why Study the Movement?”
Sunday, March 26, 2005
8:00am: Continental Breakfast
8:30-12:00pm: Teaching Workshop by Emilye Crosby (requires reservation)
The teaching workshop is designed to provide instruction and usable strategies and models for teachers to move beyond the traditional narrative and emphasize important movement themes, including the “organizing tradition” and “self-defense.”
It will utilize short readings in primary sources and the films, Mississippi Burning, Freedom Song, and Boycott, to teach about the Civil Rights Movement and to model strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Registration forms, schedule, description of the program, and participant information is available on our webpage:
For more information, contact:
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5161 (fax)
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